Best Floorstanding Speakers of 2020

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Are your neighbors getting on your last nerves? Wanna get back at them? Just get a pair of floorstanding speakers and they won’t be sleeping anytime soon, that’s for sure. 

All joking aside, these things are so powerful and robust that it’s almost impossible for them to go unnoticed.

Having a set of floorstanding speakers can instantly boost your sound system and make it sound more colorful and appealing.

Here we’ve compiled a detailed guide for you who are not sure which are the best floorstanding speakers on the market. By the end of this article you’ll have a better picture about which ones would work best for you.

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​Best Floorstanding Speakers - Our Top Picks

1. Best Overall - SVS Ultra Towers

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Specifications

  • Size: 45.6H x 13.8W x 16.8D in
  •  Weight: 75.4 lbs

Key Features

  • Black oak veneer and gloss black finish
  •  Dual gold-plated 5-way binding posts
  •  3.5 inches wide-flared rear-firing port
  •  Cloth grille with a retention system
  •  Spiked metal screw-in feet

PROS

  • Superb quality
  • Extraordinary bass
  • Outstanding imaging
  • Dynamic response

CONS

  • Sometimes a bit too heavy
  • Tough placement options

SVS Ultra Towers Review

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These big boys look like they could run you over in a second. And believe us, this beast is so powerful that it leaves its competition far behind in the dust.

These speakers impress equally with their highs and mids. There’s enough depth and clarity to sway almost anybody.

Next Level Bass

But what really takes the game to the next level is the bass. The two 8 inch woofers feel like an explosion. Thundering enough to make your neighbors go crazy.

Sometimes that size and power can be a burden. Controlling that heaviness and playing more delicate tunes is, at times, easier said than done. 

And finding a place for such a beast can be a hassle. You won’t be able just neatly to pack them wherever you please. To get the most of them, these speakers require some space. 

Learn more about perfect speaker placement from this CNET guide!

2. ​Best Mid-Range - Klipsch RP-8000F

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Specifications

  • Size: 43.1W x 10.9H x 17.5D in
  • Weight: 60 lbs

Key Features

  • Titanium vented tweeter
  • 8 inch woofers
  • Bass-Reflex via rear-firing port
  • Removable magnetic grille, magnetically attached
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Power handling: up to 150 watts RMS (600 watts peak)
  • Vinyl finish with scratch-resistant surface

PROS

  • Brand recognition
  • Reasonable price
  • Balanced and rich highs and mids
  • Deep and authoritative bass

CONS

  • Crossover issues
  • Lack of power found in similarly priced products

Klipsch RP-8000F Review

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Without a doubt, Klipsch has been a norm in the world of floorstanding speakers. They simply cannot make a so-so speaker. And their RP-8000F is at the top of the class. 

This model will probably never fail your musical expectations, all without that high price tag.

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The highs provide rich but at the same time controlled sound. The mids feel perfectly balanced without ever sounding too dissolved or distant. And the bass is so deep and authoritative that it can easily match much pricier models.

Some issues with the crossover between low and high-end make this model a second best. Also, it doesn't have that roaring energy that can knock you off your feet.

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3. Best Budget - Fluance Signature Series

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Specifications

  • Size: 47.2W x 10.9H x 15.4D in
  • Weight: 62.4 pounds/speaker

Key Features

  • 1 inch silk dome tweeter
  • 5 inch woven glass fiber surrounds separate enclosures
  • Dual 8 inch woofer
  • Power Handling: 90 – 200 watts
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB

PROS

  • Solid details in the high-end
  • Elegant exterior design
  • Good value for money
  • Bass accuracy

CONS

  • Not fit for a small space
  • Size can be an issue

Fluance Signature Series Review

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Fluance, a Canadian company, has really made its name by making budget-friendly, quality speakers. And their Signature Series is quite a bargain, and probably the most impressive you’ll hear in that category.

Beautiful and Modern Design

From the first look at these speakers, you can tell they were beautifully designed, with glossy fronts and yellow drivers. This makes them a natural choice if you’re worried about matching your speakers with the current home decor.

The best word to describe the sound produced by these big fellas is „warm,“ whether you’re watching movies or listening to music. The bass is really accurate and adequately proportioned.

The main complaint about these speakers is that they don’t do their best work in a small room. You need to sit at least 12 feet away, or even more, to get the most out of your bass. 

Also, take their size into account. You won’t be able to set them aside and pretend they’re not there. They’re big and bulky, so make room for them.

4. Best High-End - MarkAudio-SOTA Cesti T

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Specifications

  • Dimensions: 9.2W x 16.1H x 9.24D in
  • Weight: 20 lbs.

Key Features

  • Drivers: 2 inch tweeter, 4.4 inches mid/bass
  • Frequency response: 40Hz–25kHz ±3dB
  • Sensitivity: 87dB
  • 1x metal cone full-range driver dome

PROS

  • Impeccable midrange sound
  • Minimalist design
  • Laquer finish
  • Vocal clarity

CONS

  • Price

MarkAudio-SOTA Cesti T Review

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MarkAudio-SOTA is sort of a newcomer in the world of loudspeakers. It is a result of a collaboration between two manufacturers, MarkAudio and SOTA.

They’re not that well-known to the public, but we expect them to be soon enough.

The first notable thing is the sleek, minimalistic design with a gorgeous lacquer finish. All in all, the build quality seems near perfect with no visible joints or screws ruining that glossy outside.

Outstanding Sound Clarity

So what makes this model worth your while? First of all, it’s the impeccable sound clarity, especially in the midrange. 

The audio is exceptionally well-defined without ever sounding too overbearing or imposing. The vocals are just top-notch. Cesti T delivers such intimacy and balance that can satisfy almost anyone.

Although there are even more expensive speakers out there, Cesti T storms the market with such confidence, as if they’ve been around much longer.

And yes, the price tag might seem a bit too aggressive, but all in all, these speakers are wonderfully executed.

5. Best for Small Spaces - ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2

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Specifications

  • Size: 7.69W x 43.18H x 10.55D in
  • Weight: 44 lbs

Key Features

  • Sensitivity: 87db
  • Max power input: 140 Watts
  • 1 inch cloth dome tweeter
  • Triple 6.5 inches Aramid Fiber woofer
  • CARB2 Rated MDF cabinet
  • Black ash vinyl finish

PROS

  • Great fit for a small space
  • Bass quality
  • Easy to incorporate in a small home theater system

CONS

  • Fewer details in the highs and mids
  • Sound with lower quality sources

ELAC Debut 2.0 F6.2 Review

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Although the previous model, Debut F6, is perfectly fine, the guys at ELAC have improved almost every aspect of it and came forward with the release of Debut 2.0 F6.2. These speakers are a fantastic fit for a small room

This package is equipped with three subwoofers, which take the bass output to the next level. The highs and mids offer a little less detail. 

But on the other hand, the overall audio quality lets these speakers be easily incorporated into a smaller home theater system. Read more about the best home theater systems in our guide.

However, to make the most out of sound quality, make sure to pick good ​audio file formats. Some low-quality MP3 or streaming rendition will result in a bit sharp and bleak sound.

​Best of the Rest

6. Bowers & Wilkins 603

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Specifications

  • Size: 35.8H x 8W x 11.3D in
  • Net weight: 42.9 lbs

Key Features

  • 1 inch aluminum dome tweeter 
  • 6.5 inches woven-Kevlar cone bass/midrange
  • 6.5 inches aluminum-cone woofer
  • Sensitivity: 90dB
  • Power handling: 25–150W

PROS

  • Sound clarity and details
  • Bass quality
  • Suitable for a home theater system

CONS

  • You can get similar results from cheaper models

Bowers & Wilkins 603 Review

When it comes to engineering, the guys at Bowers & Wilkins know their stuff. Whether we’re talking about budget or high-end, they usually deliver. The 603 model is no different.

The sound precision and clarity are comparable to much more expensive models. Although it works well with music, we get the feeling that the 603 performs best when hooked up onto a home theater system.

But, there’s the matter of price. For that much money, it feels as though you’ll be able to get that similar quality and value for money from a cheaper model like Klipsch RP-8000F.

It won’t offer such delicate sound, but the difference will be barely noticeable considering the price.

7. KLH Kendall

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Specifications

  • Size: 7.75W x 40H x 14.75D in.
  • Weight: 50 lbs.

Key Features

  • 1 inch anodized aluminum tweeter
  • 5.25 inches woven Kevlar midrange driver
  • Dual 6.5 inches woven Kevlar woofers
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB
  • Chrome-plated steel spikes and rubber feet for stability
  • Removable magnetic grille

PROS

  • Bass quality
  • Clean sound
  • Excellent balance
  • Price

CONS

  • Nothing that separates it from the competition

KLH Kendall Review

Even though they’re not that high up on our list, KLH Kendall can easily go head to head with some of the stronger players, like SVS Ultra Towers. Especially regarding bass quality

Granted, it’s not as powerful, but it doesn’t fall behind in-depth and precision. This makes Kendall an excellent choice for those who like bass oriented music genres.

But, there’s not much more to it. Other than bass, nothing else really separates Kendall from the rest or makes your heart pumping faster. 

There simply aren’t too many surprises here, which makes these floorstanding speakers a decent choice. Even more so if your pockets aren’t deep enough.

8. Aperion Audio Verus III Grand Tower

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Specifications

  • Size: 12W x 43.5H x 8D in.
  • Weight: 65 lbs.

Key Features

  • 1 inch silk dome tweeter
  • Two 5.25 inches woven-kevlar midrange drivers
  • Two 6.5 inches woven kevlar woofers
  • MDF cabinet walls
  • Gloss cherry veneer or piano black finish
  • Lightweight magnetic grille
  • Custom aluminum bases, floor spikes and footers

PROS

  • Rich midrange
  • Elegant aesthetic
  • Detailed bass
  • Tonal balance
  • More precise crossover

CONS

  • Size too large for some setups
  • Can be unstable on carpets

Aperion Audio Verus III Grand Tower Review

Aperion Audio’s frequent releases are usually accompanied by updates and upgrades of their previous speakers. Well, the Verus III Grand Tower is didn’t go through many changes when it comes to the design. 

But, the interior has been revamped substantially. With it, you get a more polished and precise crossover, along with a couple more woofers then with a previous model.

This, in turn, transfers to a more punchy and tenacious sound that doesn’t lack in musicality.

There’s an overall feeling that, although the sound is exciting and detailed, some other models (B&W 603) in the same price range can pull off more.

9. KEF R7

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Specifications

  • Size: 7.9W x 41.8H x 15.1D in
  • Weight: 60.2 lbs

Key Features

  • 1 inch vented aluminum dome tweeter
  • 5 inch aluminum cone midrange
  • 2 x 5.25 inches hybrid aluminum woofer
  • Maximum Output: 110dB
  • Amp Power: 15-200W
  • Sensitivity: 87dB

PROS

  • Value for money
  • Clean and clear sound
  • Brand history

CONS

  • Less power in the bass

KEF R7 Review

With such an impeccable track record and history spanning fifty years, it’s hard not to expect things from KEF. And of all their models, the R7 probably gives you the best value for money. 

When compared to some other beasts on this list, its price is relatively acceptable. Especially if you consider the sound quality. It’s spotless and pure, without ever trying to be.

Combined with a solid amp and a DAC, it can yield excellent results. Otherwise, try looking elsewhere. Also, for such a price tag, it could add a bit more power and transparency to its bass.

10. Dynaudio Xeo 30

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Specifications

  • Size: 7.1W x 32.5H x 9.6D in.
  • weight: 29.5 lbs.

Key Features

  • 1 inch soft-dome tweeter
  • Dual 5.5 inches cone woofers
  • Stream wirelessly via Bluetooth
  • Bass-reflex cabinet with a rear port for deep, accurate, musical bass
  • Infrared receiver under the woofers
  • Removable grille

PROS

  • Wireless
  • No additional amp needed
  • Modern design

CONS

  • Not in the same league as the high-end models

Dynaudio Xeo 30 Review

One of Dynaudio's recent gems, Xeo 30, comes as a replacement of Xeo 6.

What really makes them stand out is that these are wireless speakers, which is rare in this price range. An additional amp is not necessary to power them. 

When compared to Xeo 6, these speakers have experienced a change in design, giving them a more modern look, with rounded corners and changing the drivers and grilles color to black.

Although still not quite up there with models like MarkAudio-SOTA, it still performs exceptionally well and is quite a monster. Especially when you look at the bass, which is pretty convincing and deep.

In conclusion

So, have you found your favorite? It’s not an easy choice, as all of these models have their qualities. It’s just a matter of what you need them for, and what’s your available budget.

But, whichever you go with, the neighbors will definitely know you got them! 

My name is Steve Scott. Father of 2 and owner of Outdoor Movie HQ. I’ve been involved in the A/V industry for most of my life and built this blog to help people better understand projector technology. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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